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Enduring senses

Forbes, Graeme A., Wildman, Nathan (2022) Enduring senses. Synthese, 200 (4). Article Number 291. ISSN 1573-0964. (doi:10.1007/s11229-022-03770-3) (KAR id:95743)


The meanings of words seem to change over time. But while there is a growing body of literature in linguistics and philosophy about meaning change, there has been little discussion about the metaphysical underpinnings of meaning change. The central aim of this paper is to push this discussion forward by surveying the terrain and advocating for a particular metaphysical picture. In so doing, we hope to clarify various aspects of the nature of meaning change, as well as prompt future philosophical investigation into this topic. More specifically, this paper has two parts. The first, broadly exploratory, part surveys various metaphysical accounts of meaning change. The goal here is to lay out the terrain, thereby highlighting some key choice points. Then, in the second part, after critiquing Prosser’s (Philosophy Phenomenol Res 100(3):657–676, 2020) exdurantism about ‘mental files’, we sketch and defend the enduring senses view of meaning change.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s11229-022-03770-3
Uncontrolled keywords: Meaning change, Persistence, Endurance, Fregean senses, Material objects
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Department of Philosophy
Depositing User: Graeme Forbes
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2022 08:01 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2022 11:14 UTC
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